This is the best year yet for the strawberries. They get more sun since I trimmed the apple tree. The plants were here when we bought the house twenty years ago and have proliferated in my rock garden with miniature pines and variegated iris. Read More
Beijing Abduction has been adapted to screenplay. Seeking Chinese entertainment scout or agent. Read More
Labor Day Weekend September 2016
Bruce is upstairs playing with his trains. I’m in the fragrant kitchen roasting peppers and making meat balls for albondigas soup. Through an open window I hear Charlie cutting firewood.
Amazing day for Beijing style Read More
My trip began at Redding Airport on October 1 and ended at Beijing Capital Airport on October 2, crossing the International Date Line. The non-stop flight from SFO was only eleven hours. Read More
Cheryl Petty lived the Downtown Los Angeles art scene in the 80s and presents works on canvas from that period at the Siskiyou Arts Museum, reception September 12. Downtown Los Angeles 1985. Read More
Departure Beijing to Pyongyang
After the Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 personnel have loaded numerous, huge, boxed parcels, they now start with the luggage. We're already late taking off. I can see my tao hongsede bag sitting on the tarmac.
A distinguished Norwegian man and I visit for several minutes. He shows me the DPRK page in his diplomatic passport. I end up sitting between him and a young Austrian man. We chat between us for the hour trip.
The Norwegian man, who remains nameless, is met by two ladies from the Swedish Embassy. 19:09 Beijing time, 8:10 Pyongyang time. Max, the Austrian, is staying at the same hotel as I am, the Yanggakdo International. I'm on the fortieth floor. We eat dinner together in the mainly deserted dining room. It's off season for tourism.
Maxamillian is 24 years old and is going to business school in Thailand. He's also going on an independent tour, but with another travel agency.
The menu tonight is beer, kimchee soup, salad of shredded carrot, spinach and potato followed by noodle soup with chicken slivers and green onion, mifan rice, fish filet, pork cutlet with pickles, baby potato fries and shui water. Vinegar and hot pepper flake seasoning is on the table. The beer is 6Y, $.98, EUR .5. Read More
2014-I may have seen a small or young mountain lion across the street last night, calmly walking down the sidewalk to where the road turns right over the I-5. Straight ahead, a trail of a city sidewalk is obscured by dense conifers and barricaded by two ties of guard rail. Once down a steep dirt trail, it runs parallel to the freeway over-grown with wild chicory, fennel, sweet pea, ceanothus, elderberry. Read More
Alan Feng, my contact for Penjing in China, notified me they will be having an exhibiton 19th-23th November, 2014, at the International exhibition center, Dongguan, Guangdong, China. I have offered to help them organize a tour from the US. Stay tuned for more details!
Last day of the old year is sunny and warm, not smoggy, riding to Beijing Nan Zhan Railway Station, going in another, new direction. My little leaf boat swirls in the current, drifting with the tug of tide! Faintly I detect the salt tang and morning mist in Qingdao.
Early wake up call at 7am followed by fabulous western style breakfast: appetizer of cai green vegetables with sesame seeds, red shred and curly carrot garnish, glass of hot water, cup of delicious kaffei nai he tang, New Zealand butter, Austrian strawberry jam, square toast, buttermilk medallion size pancakes, omelet cooked in butter, and slightly sweetened yogurt. Piping hot. The shy waiter is named Pok.
I'm so relieved. The let down brings tears. This trip is starting out pretty good. Everyone is pleasant and smiling at Chery. On the plane, at the security check at the diminutive airport, the guards couldn't hold back from returning my smile. My two tour guides and driver met me at the airport. The hotel is very nice. My room is huge with lots of closet space, two thick, red wool blankets with a floral design plus the duvet. Forced air heat on a thermostat. Pretty warm, 20C / 68F in the room.
Frost over the weekend drops all the leaves. Like golden doubloons, spinning in cerulean blue space, breaking with a soft snap, showering and whispering.
Driving behind Lake Siskiyou, up into the mountains,
The weather has made a decided shift to humid after a long dry and sometimes windy winter. Different from where I come from with most of the precipitation in winter in the form of rain and snow followed by a long, dry and hot summer. I love the dramatic thunderstorms with lightning, thunder and pouring rain, sometimes blowing in through the open windows. Read More